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CLOSUP in the Classroom - Policy Analysts

CLOSUP Policy Analysts are University of Michigan students affilliated with the Center to help carry out research and analysis on a variety of state and local policy issues. These students may be employed by the Center or participate in an independent study for course credit.

After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.

Current Policy Analysts are listed below. For other recent Policy Analysts, see here.

Isabel Englehart

Isabel is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst studying regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas production in the United States. She is a 2018 undergraduate in Program in the Environment, with a specialization in sustainable business. Isabel is most interested in natural resource and climate change policy.


Claire Kaliban

Claire is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst studying state climate policy in the Trump era. She is a member of LSA class of 2019, studying Environment (PitE) with a focus in environmental policy and minoring in Spanish. Claire is particularly interested in climate policy as well as international environmental policy.


Augusta Gudeman

Augusta is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst researching how renewable energy policy and community benefits models can improve equity in clean energy programs. She is earning her M.P.P. at the Ford School and her M.U.R.P. at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She has worked with the City of Ann Arbor, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is interested in social justice and sustainability in state and local policy.


Kerry Lindquist

Kerry is assisting CLOSUP with event coordination and marketing. She is a member of the freshman class of 2021 at the University of Michigan in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Kerry has a strong interest in ethical approaches to healthcare policy-making and infectious disease control/prevention.


Ian McKenny

Ian is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst researching how the siting of renewable energy infrastructure is treated under state farmland preservation policies. He is an undergraduate student at the Ford School (Class of 2019) with minors in environment and music. Ian is interested in urban & regional planning and environmental policy.


Rio Mizuno

Rio is a policy analyst at CLOSUP, assisting with research on wind energy policy. She is a Class of 2019 undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, studying Environment (PitE) and International Studies. Rio is especially interested in climate change policy and global health.


Jason Morgan

Jason is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst researching implementation of the Michigan Lead and Copper Rule in partnership with the University of Michigan Water Center and Safe Water Engineering to provide education materials for municipal leaders, community groups and other engaged citizens, and technical assistance to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division. He is earning his M.P.A. at the Ford School of Public Policy. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. He currently serves as a Washtenaw County Commissioner and has worked for Congressman Bart Stupak, Congressman John D. Dingell and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. He also worked for Washtenaw Community College as the Director of Government and Community Relations. He is interested in economic and social justice, transportation, public health, economic development and youth engagement.


Jaikishan Prasad

Jaikishan is assisting in event coordination and marketing at CLOSUP. A current sophomore at the University, Jaikishan is pursuing an environment major with a specialization in natural resource and energy management. He is interested in environmental policy and global development issues.


Hannah Smith

Hannah is a Policy Analyst at CLOSUP working with CLOSUP Director Barry Rabe. She is a 2017 undergraduate in Program in the Environment, with a specialization in Environmental Policy and a minor in Sustainability. She is interested in the intersection of environmental policy and urban planning.


Emily Upton

Emily is a Policy Analyst studying fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards in the U.S., and severance tax revenues in relation to state trust funds. She is a masters student in the Climate and Space Engineering Department (Class of 2018), and has a B.S.E. in earth systems science and engineering from the University of Michigan. Emily is interested in international sustainable development and climate change policy.


Tom Van Heeke

Tom is a policy analyst studying fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards in the United States. He earned his BA degree in political science, graduating with honors from Grinnell College. Prior to enrolling in the Master of Public Policy program at the Ford School, Tom researched and wrote extensively on an array of state and local policy issues at Frontier Group, a think tank in Boston. One of Tom's primary interests is transportation policy.


Jane Wentrack

Jane is a research assistant to Dr. Sarah Mills on a project entitled 'Community Acceptance of Wind Energy.' She is a sophomore in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Jane is majoring in International Studies and the Program in the Environment and is interested in international environmental policy.


Jongeun You

Jongeun is a Policy Analyst studying Texas wind energy policies for CLOSUP. He is a masters student at the Ford School (Class of 2018), and has a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University. At SK Engineering & Construction, a leading company in oil & gas plant and infrastructure industry, he contributed as a strategist for six years, supporting many business projects including growth portfolio management, new business development, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures. Jongeun hopes to identify and implement public policies that will lead the private sector to produce more sustainable outcomes in the energy and environment arena.


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